Ascent of Sheep Mountain on 2011-12-11

Climber: Scott Surgent

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Scott Peavy
Scott Kelley
John Klein
Tanya Kelley
Date:Sunday, December 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sheep Mountain
    Elevation:3156 ft / 961 m

Ascent Trip Report

Navigation is easy, but the rock higher up can be imposing. If you are careful, the scrambling is never worse than low class-3, but it is relentless. You do need to be able to sniff out the routes. It is very easy to get caught up in small cliffs.

You aim for a highpoint along the ridge, then down its south-east faing side. Here is the crux, a chute with enough steepness and exposure to rate low class-4. Then you aim for the summit. Keep high, but you may need to traverse in some spots. One traverse ran about 50 feet, with 30-foot drops below. The ledge was just a foot or two wide, but the holds were solid.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2572 ft / 783 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Trailhead:584 ft / 178 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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